Alex Ovechkin could be facing a couple of games for his hit on Zbynek Michalek (clip below). Left his feet, targeted the head. Uh oh. Don’t forget, he’s been suspended before. I don’t believe there was intent, so perhaps it will be limited to just a game or two.

 

With Malkin rolling the way he is (three-point lead in the NHL scoring race), James Neal is sure cashing in. Neal is up to 46 points and has a real shot at 80 if Malkin stays healthy.

 

Kris Letang – I love that he’s getting the ice time that he is, considering that I own him in (alas just) one league. But on the other hand, I worry. Three games back from his concussion and he’s seen 79 minutes of ice time. Think about that – 79 minutes and 40 seconds of ice time in THREE games. It would take Jay Rosehill all season to see that! But he has four points in those three games (cha) and 10 shots on goal (ching).

 

Mathieu Perreault played with the big guns yesterday and put on a good show. With Ovechkin and Semin, he showed a lot of hustle and earned two assists. He was also pretty good defensively, right on top of the player at the blue line a couple of times to force the puck out of the zone. Very aggressive. But his Achilles heel has been – can he keep it up? Generally by the third or fourth game, he putters out. He needs the foot firmly on the accelerator and if he has a bad game, he needs a coach who will give him another chance the next game. Then and only then, will he progress as a fantasy asset. For now, he makes a decent one-week pickup.

 

Then again, if Ovechkin is suspended, perhaps that puts a damper on Perreault’s short-term outlook… But he should be okay still with Semin.

 

An Ovechkin suspension would mean a bump on John Carlson. Ovechkin often plays the point on the PP. Wideman on the other side.

 

Matt Niskanen saw just 11:52 of ice time yesterday. He saw 14 the game before and 15 the game before that. He’s either sick, injured, or in the doghouse methinks.

 

MA Fleury has given up 7 goals on his last 49 shots, but still got 2 Ws. Good enough.

 

Tim Thomas got the win, but let’s face it – he gave up five goals for the first time this season and has lost four of his last eight. That’s not very Thomas-like.

 

After a couple of good outings, Bryzgalov had a bad one. And that’s been his story all season. Two, maybe three good games and then the floodgates open. Then Bobrovsky comes in and plays better. But contract almost always wins in the end. Bryz will still get the starts. But what he does with them…now that’s another question.

 

Since Brad Marchand is back, I dropped Benoit Pouliot. But he still got an assist yesterday for me. A parting gift, if you will. But I think he’s a 30-point guy until he can fill in again on a scoring line.

 

With Claude Giroux matching Malkin’s three points Sunday, he remains just three back of him for the NHL scoring lead.

 

Jakub Voracek has one point in his last eight games. He saw 19:21 Sunday and he’s had 26 shots in that span, so something will give soon.

 

Wayne Simmonds has 19 points in his last 23 games. I remember getting emails from a lot of frustrated poolies about him back in early November. It’s funny how a player’s value can turn on a dime. Now it seems like he’s always on the scoreboard and I don’t even consider him a scorer.

 

Bobby Ryan has nine goals and 14 points in his last 13 games. Every year with this guy. Remember this next December – target him. He is a January must-own!

 

Peter Mueller was second on the team in ice time yesterday, playing 19:27. He had six shots on goal. He’s the topic of my THN column – look for it this afternoon at thn.com

 

Mark Bell played his first NHL game in four years on Sunday. He picked up five minutes in penalties and will probably need to emphasize that part of his game if he wants to stick. No longer is he promising young power forward with offensive upside. Now he’s the borderline veteran who has had to redefine himself as a player. And the definition is – penalty minutes. Not an enforcer, by any means. They’ve gone the way of the do-do. But the tough fighter who can play and contribute in other ways.

 

Nathan Horton left the game in the second period after taking a hit by Tim Sestito. Horton, if you recall, suffered a concussion in the postseason a few months ago. A pretty ugly one. So this news is concerning. Second concussions within a year are often costly in terms of games lost.

 

Ovechkin – how many games? Any?

 

 

Tavares – sweet goal in OT Saturday:

 

 


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Thieving Giraffe said:

Thieving Giraffe
Newsflash: Chiarelli breaks trend... ...admits that concussion-like-symptoms may actually be signs of a concussion. Other GMs shake heads in disapproval.
January 23, 2012
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19 Straight said:

19 Straight
Tim Thomas Maybe Thomas should spend more time on his game than worrying about politics. His refusal (for political reasons) to visit the White House today with the rest of the Bruins as they were honored by President Obama is a disgrace. Even if a person disagrees with the politics of the President, you honor the office and support your team by going on this special visit. I have lost all respect for Thomas after this grandstanding move.
January 23, 2012
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19 Straight said:

19 Straight
Tavares It is amazing (and embarrassing) that ESPN left Tavares off its list of the top 25 players under the age of 25. He might be one of the top 10-15 players in all of hockey right now.
January 23, 2012
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Maximus said:

Mr Zizzla
Ovechkin Hit This is the definition of the hits the league wants to get rid of but like it was mentioned below, it will be 1 game and Ovechkin will be at the All-Star game.

personally, based on the way suspension go for repeat offenders, Ovechkin should get 5+ games. No intent to injure? Are you sure? I am pretty sure whenever the Caps and Pens suit up, there is intent to injure with every hit. These teams DO NOT like each other and i am sure Ovechkin was hoping to inflict pain to Michalek (the Pens best shot blocker and 2nd best shut down D).

If Matt Cooke can change his ways, anyone can. he was made an example of and because of that cost his team in the playoffs, he has totally adjusted his style. Why is that? Because of the length and weight of the suspension. Until the NHL throws the book at the high flying Ovechkin, he will continue to run and injure players.
January 23, 2012
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Kraftster said:

Kraftster
Niskanen His icetime is down mainly because Letang has returned. When all top 4 dmen are healthy, Bylsma does not really trust the third pairing with key minutes late in close games. Letang also plays close to the full two minutes on the powerplay if he can. With Martin starting to play better and the top 4 D finally healthy, sorry, Niskanen owners, the ride is likely over. In fact, I wouldn't be shocked to see the Pens add a Hal Gill player closer to the deadline, which may result in Niskanen being scratched for some games in favor of Engelland. Story of Matt Niskanen's career: he's only worthwhile from a fantasy standpoint when he finds himself in a high opportunity situation as a matter of default. He doesn't have the game to earn the time when he's competing against other competent top 4 dmen.

Michalek also has a hearing with Shanahan and will likely receive a game or two. Niskanen will probably see a bump in icetime during the game(s) Zibby is out but don't be misled by that.
January 23, 2012
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Jeff Sabatine said:

marsid6687
Ovechkin Oh, I don't know, leaving ones feet, aiming above the neck. Yep, no intent whatsoever.
January 23, 2012 | url
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Great Monday Excellent rambling today.
Lots of great items... love it much!
Thanks (as always)!!!
January 23, 2012
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Username said:

Username
... To me, Ovechkin's hit looked very similar to Sutton's hit on Ponikarovsky, and therefore he should be suspended for eight games. Then again, there's no way the NHL suspends a superstar like Ovechkin for that long, so I'm leaning toward a one- or two-game joke suspension. Nasty hit regardless.
January 23, 2012
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james said:

austonja
Ovie I watched the game. I can't watch the clip, but in case it doesn't show it, Ovie was interfered with on his initial dump into the corner. If that had been called, then the Ovie hit never happens. Then later in the game Michalek rammed Hendricks head into the glass (with a penalty called). I'm not saying Ovie shouldn't be suspended, but what does anyone expect to happen when the NHL officials treat every rivalry game like a playoff game? If they are going to stop calling small penalties for things like interference, hooks, slashes and any hits that don't result with the hittEE laying on the ice, then your going to get a game full of hard hits, and it's the NHL that is encouraging this with the whistle in the pocket mentality for anything broadcast nationally or between rivals. I'd be interesting for someone to try to find out the average # of penalties for games, then what is the average number for those broadcast on NBC?

January 23, 2012 | url
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Marc said:

MGW
OV's check Whether intentional or not, all the power was directed from his upper arm to Michalek's head.
I'm pretty sure that is what the league is trying to prevent with all these suspensions. Still don't know if OV will be suspended however (see below and comment about All-Star game).

In my opinion: whether the player is alright or not should bear no influence on the punishment. That's the problem I believe with the inconsistencies of the suspension lengths. The lengths should be determined by the type of hit/contact, and if there is blatant intent to injure (I'm not saying that OV was blatantly attempting to injure here). A player like Mueller would be out the entire season after that hit, a player like Savard would be out forever, and a player that's never been concussed before would maybe not even miss a game.
January 23, 2012
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Shoeless said:

Shoeless
Ovechkin I think 1 game makes a complete mockery of the system here - either he walks or he gets whacked for more than he was suspended for last time. Ovechkin doesn't get it - why bother suspending him? It will just keep happening - he thinks he is entitled to endanger the livelihood of others in the name of being a tough hard hitting hockey player.

Get serious or do nothing. Here OV - 8 games - your choice if one of them is the all-star game. Do you get it now?
January 23, 2012
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Shoeless said:

Shoeless
Mark Bell Nice to see him back - must have the sauce under control. I still remember having him on my team in 05-06 when he punched home 9 goals in 8 games - actually I picked him up after the first goal - didn't score the next game and then kapow - 8 goals in 6 games - he had one more nice little spurt of about 5 games shortly after that then he just vanished - I thought forever.
January 23, 2012
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mamon said:

mamon
Ovechkin With the All-Star Game next week, the NHL will likely downplay this one. Ovechkin is too big a name to suspend during the most important sponsorship event of the year. In the end, it's all about business.

Caps got 1 game until the All-Star break, so 1 game max.
January 23, 2012
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Mr Sausage said:

Mr_Sausage
Ovechkin I also don't think there was intent to injure. But he left his feet and targeted the head region. Exactly the kind of hits the NHL wants to abolish. I say maybe a game. Now what if Michalek breaks a collarbone there or gets concussed? OV gets more but Michalek seemed alright so I think OV gets off lightly.
January 22, 2012
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